How To Practice Doga: Yoga with Dogs

Quality time with your pup doesn’t have to be limited to walks and couch cuddles. Here's how to get your dog on the mat.
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Quality time with your pup doesn’t have to be limited to walks and couch cuddles. Here's how to get your dog on the mat.
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Quality time with your pup doesn’t have to be limited to walks and couch cuddles. Here's how to get your pup on the mat.

Invite your dog to your yoga mat, and your bond will hit a new level. “When you practice present-moment awareness, or mindfulness, as you do during yoga, you enhance your relationships ... with humans, plants, and animals,” says Mahny Djahanguiri, founder and director of the human-and-canine yoga brand Dogamahny in London and author of the book Doga: Yoga for You and Your Dog.

How To Practice Doga with Your Pup

To do doga, avoid forcing your dog into it, says Djahanguiri, who does yoga with Robbie, her Maltese terrier. Just start your practice, and as your pup becomes more curious, encourage him to participate. If he’s on the smaller side, try lifting him in poses like Virabhadrasana I (Warrior Pose I) to make your practice more challenging. Have a larger pooch? Rest your forehead gently on his back during Balasana (Child’s Pose) or fold over him when doing poses like Camel or Wheel. You could even follow your dog’s lead when he stretches—he’s a natural when it comes to Down Dog and Up Dog.

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